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Thanks to the families who donated generously to Cops for Cancer/Tour de Rock! Your dollars go to support pediatric cancer for patients and their families. Congrats to our very own Jr. Rider, Daisy Irwin.

Staffing Update – Congratulations to Mr. Conor Hart who had been team-teaching with Mrs. Johnston. Mr. Hart now is teaching full-time in our 6/7 class. Welcome to Mr. Vine who is the new team teacher with Mrs. Johnston!

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to join Community Band. It meets Thursday evenings from 7:00–8:30pm in the band room at Journey Middle School. This band plays with students from JMS and EMCS and members of the community. The combined band performs at least 3 concerts and festivals each year. Come and join us. For information email lbjorklund@sd62.bc.ca 

Thanks to the families who donated generously to Cops for Cancer/Tour de Rock! Your dollars go to support pediatric cancer for patients and their families. Congrats to our very own Jr. Rider, Daisy Irwin.

Staffing Update – Congratulations to Mr. Conor Hart who had been team-teaching with Mrs. Johnston. Mr. Hart now is teaching full-time in our 6/7 class. Welcome to Mr. Vine who is the new team teacher with Mrs. Johnston!

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to join Community Band. It meets Thursday evenings from 7:00–8:30pm in the band room at Journey Middle School. This band plays with students from JMS and EMCS and members of the community. The combined band performs at least 3 concerts and festivals each year. Come and join us. For information email lbjorklund@sd62.bc.ca

Thank you to our parent/community volunteers for coming forward and sharing your coaching talents. We still have some positions open and would love to hear from you. Teacher sponsors are always at practices and games.

Monday – Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday

Tea in the foyer – every Tuesday students are welcome to come to the foyer for some herbal tea compliments of our Aboriginal Department. Students are encouraged to bring their own mug. 

Robotics Club – is cancelled today due to Ms. Dvorak attending the staff meeting. It will be back next week on Monday and Tuesday @ 3:15 -4:30 pm in Ms. Dvorak’s room.

Homework Club for Ms. Dvorak’s students at lunch by appointment in your classroom.

Sk8 Park – If you’ve brought in your waiver (available in the office) you are welcome to skate/scooter at lunch today. This club is sponsored by Mr. Donegani (weather permitting).

Love B-Ball? Ms. Bridal and Mr. Vine will be sponsoring drop-in basketball at lunch in the gym all week.

X-Country Practice @ lunch today. Runners please meet Ms. Stannard @ Playground. Students need to let her know today if they are planning on attending the event on Thursday.

PAC Meeting 7 p.m. tonight. Come and be part of making Journey even better! Funding requests will be discussed tonight. 

Wednesday 

Sk8 Park – at lunch today with Mr. Donegani (weather permitting).

Fire Drill – 8:50 a.m. (3 of 6)

Outdoor Club – listen for announcements early this week for location.

Thursday

Student Leadership Meeting – today in Mme. Abell’s room in Narnia Neighbourhood at lunch. Topics today are Halloween Dance and Spirit Week.   Bring your ideas and enthusiasm and be a part of why People Run to be Here!

Cross Country Meet – today afterschool @ Cedar Hill. Students/families are responsible for arranging transportation to and from event.

Friday – Friday the 13th!

Freezie Friday – Freezies will be sold at lunch outside the kitchen. $1 each with all proceeds going to Journey to Japan Trip in March.

 

 

Monday – Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday

 

Tea in the foyer – every Tuesday students are welcome to come to the foyer for some herbal tea compliments of our Aboriginal Department. Students are encouraged to bring their own mug.

 

Robotics Club – is cancelled today due to Ms. Dvorak attending the staff meeting. It will be back next week on Monday and Tuesday @ 3:15 -4:30 pm in Ms. Dvorak’s room.

 

Homework Club for Ms. Dvorak’s students at lunch by appointment in your classroom

 

Sk8 Park – If you’ve brought in your waiver (available in the office) you are welcome to skate/scooter at lunch today. This club is sponsored by Mr. Donegani (weather permitting).

 

Love B-Ball? Ms. Bridal and Mr. Vine will be sponsoring drop-in basketball at lunch in the gym all week

 

X-Country Practice @ lunch today. Runners please meet Ms. Stannard @ Playground. Students need to let her know today if they are planning on attending the event on Thursday.

 

PAC Meeting 7 p.m. tonight. Come and be part of making Journey even better! Funding requests will be discussed tonight.

 

Wednesday

 

Sk8 Park – at lunch today with Mr. Donegani (weather permitting).

 

Fire Drill – 8:50 a.m. (3 of 6)

 

Outdoor Club – listen for announcements early this week for location.

 

Thursday

 

Student Leadership Meeting – today in Mme. Abell’s room in Narnia Neighbourhood at lunch. Topics today are Halloween Dance and Spirit Week.   Bring your ideas and enthusiasm and be a part of why People Run to be Here!

 

Cross Country Meet – today afterschool @ Cedar Hill. Students/families are responsible for arranging transportation to and from event.

 

Friday – Friday the 13th!

 

Freezie Friday – Freezies will be sold at lunch outside the kitchen. $1 each with all proceeds going to Journey to Japan Trip in March.

 

 

 
 

Do you have the skills and desire to help coach a team at Journey this school year? All teams will be sponsored by a teacher who will do all the paperwork! Please email Vice-Principal, Glenn Bedard gbedard@sd62.bc.ca or phone 250-642-5881 to learn more about how you can help with basketball, volleyball, badminton, rugby and track & field.

 
 

Exploratories begin this week – Most students have brought back their forms; however, if your child has not brought back the form, Ms. Campbell will be letting them know which choices are still available. Waivers are due tomorrow (yes, there is a lot of signing to do, but we must). Not surprisingly, we record our best attendance on Thursdays; however, some students still try to convince their parents to sign them out. Exploratories are part of our curriculum and students are assigned a work habit mark on their report cards.

Monday

Today begins our Bike & Walk to School Week and the weather forecast looks like it’s on our side! Staff and students are encouraged to walk and bike all week. There will be signs up to remind everyone and students who do need to get dropped off are encouraged to get dropped by the ballpark and walk in on the sidewalk or bike path along the field.

Power of Being a Girl forms are due today for students registered to go to this workshop. Please hand them into our counselor, Ms. Campbell.

Robotics Club – You read this right! Robotics today and tomorrow afterschool 3:15-4:30 in Ms. Dvorak’s room in Mystical Main Neighbourhood.

Munch Cards – if your child hasn’t already received their munch card please pick it up in the office (listen to announcements for the best time to come down). Lost munch cards cannot be replaced. We encourage students to sign the back and keep it in a safe place in their locker.

Tuesday

Tea in the foyer – every Tuesday students are welcome to come to the foyer for some herbal tea compliments of our Aboriginal Department. Students are encouraged to bring their own mug.

Robotics Club – yes, twice this week! @ 3:15 -4:30 pm in Ms. Dvorak’s room.

Sk8 Park – If you’ve brought in your waiver (available in the office) you are welcome to skate/scooter at lunch today. This club is sponsored by Mr. Donegani (weather permitting). 

Wednesday 

Sk8 Park – at lunch today with Mr. Donegani (weather permitting)

Lunch Sales – Today Pizza $3.50 per slice and Juice Boxes $1 each will be sold in the foyer at lunch. Cash and munch cards accepted as payment. Proceeds go to Journey to Japan. 

Cops for Cancer/Tour de Rock arrive at EMCS @ 2:20 and our grade 8s will be joining EMCS to welcome them to Sooke again this year. Cole Brewer, RCMP officer with the Langford detachment, is one of the riders. Cole lost his own father 5 years ago to cancer. Our very own Daisy Irwin, who is a student at Journey is his junior rider. Daisy was diagnosed with 2 types of Leukemia at 10 weeks old and is always a huge supporter of this cause! Please send donations with your child to the office and we will donate them on behalf of Journey. Cheques should be written to Cops for Cancer/Tour de Rock and a tax receipt will be issued for donations over $20.   The public is welcome to attend!

What Exploratory is my child in? – Lists will be posted in the foyer this morning. Refunds if needed will be returned to your child and invoices sent home if they got into their second or third choice and requires a fee. Students are expected to remain in their exploratory for the seven afternoons.

Outdoor Club – listen for announcements early this week for location.

Thursday

Mystical Main Thanksgiving Breakfast – Today the students and staff of Mystical Main gather together to share breakfast. It’s quite a sight to see beautifully decorated tables run down the entire length of the neighbourhood. We are thankful everyone is part of our school community.

Student Leadership Meeting – today in Mrs. Bridal’s room in Narnia Neighbourhood at lunch. Topics today are intramurals and Halloween Dance.   Check out what’s happening at this meeting today and bring a friend!

Cross Country Meet – today afterschool. Students/families are responsible for arranging transportation to and from event.

Friday

Freezie Friday – Freezies will be sold at lunch outside the kitchen. $1 each with all proceeds going to Journey to Japan Trip in March.

Wrap Up celebration & prizes for Bike & Walk to School! 

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to all our Journey Families

 

 

 
 

Reorganization of classes – Thank you to the families of Journey as we reconfigured our school last week. Students were informed on Thursday and Friday regarding the reconfiguration of classes. There will be no more moves unless the parent and the school have been in direct contact. Thank you for your understanding a patience through this time. We have to regrettably say au revoir to Mme Dailey who will be leaving us this week for Ecole Poirier. Mr. Hart, who currently teaches with Ms. Johnston, will be moving across the hall to teach the new grade 6/7 English class.

Thank you to all the families who came out to our Meet the Teacher Evening on Thursday. It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces as parents and staff had the opportunity to meet and begin the communication that is vital in the success of our students/children.

Terry Fox Run – Thank you to all the families and students who brought in donations and ran for our hero Terry Fox. We are accepting donations until the end of Monday and will announce our grand total in next week’s blog.

Monday

Exploratory Forms – Today is the first day to bring in your exploratory forms. There will be staff members in the foyer ready to collect your forms and money (if needed). Waivers will be accepted; however, they are not due until next Monday so don’t panic.

Remember:

  • Please carefully go over the choices with your child
  • Fill in the form with the top three choices
  • Fill in student’s first and last name and all other information requested
  • One parent needs to sign the form
  • Send in the first choice exploratory fee only. If your family needs financial assistance for an exploratory please email lszadkowki@sd62.b.ca
  • Each form is numbered in the order it is received
  • Some exploratories fill up faster than others
  • Only completed forms and fees (if applicable) will be accepted
  • DO NOT HAND IN EXPLORATORY FORM TO CLASSROOM TEACHER

Cross Country Team meeting at lunch in Ms. Stannard’s room. If you are interested in being on the team (and we witnessed a lot of good runners at the Terry Fox Run) sign up. There are only four meets so don’t miss out!

Reconfiguration – Students who have not physically moved classes will be transitioned to their new ones today with the exception of students moving from M. Kovacik’s class to Mme Abell’s class (because of the grade 8 field trip).

Field Trip to Sandcut Beach – All grade 8 students are heading off to Sandcut today. Remember your lunch, snacks, water and change of clothes! This is an important day to build social connections and get some physical activity into the day. Students will travel to and from via school buses.

Tuesday  

Exploratory Forms accepted in the Foyer in the morning. Submitted to the office after the bell.

Tea in the foyer – every Tuesday students are welcome to come to the foyer for some herbal tea compliments of our Aboriginal Department. Students are encouraged to bring their own mug. 

Cross Country practice at lunch today

Robotics Club really does begin today @ 3:15 -4:30 pm in Ms. Dvorak’s room. Learn more about programing and having fun with like-minded students.

Sk8 Park – If you’ve brought in your waiver (available in the office) you are welcome to skate/scooter at lunch today. This club is sponsored by Mr. Donegani (weather permitting).

Wednesday

Exploratory forms to the office until the end of the week.

Sk8 Park – at lunch today with Mr. Donegani (weather permitting).

Outdoor Club (formerly known as Culture Club) begins this week at lunch. Join students and staff for a walk to DeMamiel Creek (remember to wear clothing for the adventure).

Thursday

Student Leadership Meeting – today in Mrs. Bridal’s room at lunch. If you are interested in helping make things happen at Journey bring a friend and your ideas today.

Fire Drill – 1:10 (2 of 6)

Cross Country Meet – 3:30pm at Lambrick Park. Students/families are responsible for arranging transportation to and from event.

Friday

Orange Shirt Day – students and staff are invited to wear orange today to honour and remember survivors of residential schools.

Freezie Friday – Freezies will be sold at lunch outside the kitchen. $1 each with all proceeds going to Journey to Japan Trip in March.

 
 

Reorganization of classes – This week, because of a shift in enrollment numbers, we are required to reorganize some of our classes. We have begun this process and hope to have students moved by Wednesday afternoon. Although most students/classes will not be affected, there will be some students who will move classes and/or have their class change from a straight grade to a combined grade. Thank you in advance for your understanding, we will make every effort to make these changes with care. Please email lszadkowski@sd62.bc.ca if have questions regarding the process.

Monday

Non-Instructional Day for students

Tuesday 

Fire Drill (first of six this year) @ 9:30

Student Leadership Meeting – today in Mme. Abell’s room at lunch. If you are interested in helping make things happen at Journey bring a friend and your ideas today (the goal is at least one rep from each class)

Robotics Club begins today @ 3:15 -4:30 pm in Ms. Dvorak’s room. Learn more about programing and having fun with like-minded students 

Wednesday

Individual School Photos will be taken today in the gym. If you would like a photo package please have your child hand it in to the photographer today (they were in the package of forms that came home the first week). All students will have their photos taken for ID regardless of purchasing a package or not. 

Thursday

Fox Fest – Every year we honour the memory and carry on the dream of one of Canada’s most impressive heroes, Terry Fox. We will have events running in the morning to help raise funds and in the afternoon students and staff will run approximately 5 km through Sooke. All donations are gratefully accepted and receipts will be given for donations over $20. Students have set a goal for the school of $1000. Remind your child to wear comfortable clothing and shoes for all the events! Parent volunteers are welcome – please contact the office and leave your name and number or email our teacher sponsor, Mrs. Lennox tlennox@sd62.bc.ca

Meet the Teacher/Staff Evening 6:30-8 pm – families are invited to classrooms from 6:30 to 7:15 pm and 7:30-8 pm in the gym to meet the entire staff and be eligible to win fantastic prizes!

Friday – Autumn arrives at 1:02 this afternoon 

Exploratory sheets go home with students

  • Please carefully go over the choices with your child
  • Fill in the form with the top three choices
  • Fill in student’s name and all other information requested
  • One parent needs to sign the form
  • Send in the first choice exploratory fee only. If your family needs financial assistance for an exploratory please email lszadkowki@sd62.b.ca
  • Exploratories are accepted beginning on Monday, September 25 in the main foyer at the blue tables
  • Each form is numbered in the order it is received
  • Some exploratories fill up faster than others
  • Only completed forms and fees (if applicable) will be accepted
  • DO NOT HAND IN EXPLORATORY FORM TO CLASSROOM TEACHER

 

 
 

 Monday

Hockey Academy begins today. Please remember to follow all the instructions Mr. Elm provided. You must have your Code of Conduct signed to be eligible to go on the ice today.

Lunch Program begins for students who have signed up (form came home in package)

PAC Meeting tonight in Journey’s Annie Acreman Library at 7:15 p.m. All parents are welcome to attend.

Tuesday  

Thanks to members of our local Fire Department for sponsoring a Fire Extinguisher Workshop for Mme. Abell, Mrs. Bridal and Mrs. Barnes’ classes during Block One today. 

Wednesday 

Sooke Fire Department will be back today teaching Mme. Abell, Mrs. Bridal and Mrs. Barnes’ classes about the science of firefighting during Blocks Two and Three today.

Thursday

Homework Club – Ms. Dvorak will host a homework club for her students in Div. 11 every Thursday at lunch

Friday

All forms (package that came home on first day) and fees due to the office. Cheques can be postdated to Oct. 1 and should be made out to SD62.

Remember every Friday is early dismissal at 1:55 p.m. Buses run on this early dismissal as well.

Upcoming Events:

September 18 Non-Instructional Day for students

September 19 Fire Drill (first of six)

September 20 Individual School Photos

September 21 Fox Fest – Events and Run

September 21 Meet the Teacher/Staff Evening 6:30-8 pm

 

 
 

Parents,

Envelopes were sent home today containing all the necessary paperwork for this year OR  you can fill out some these forms online. Here is the link to the Sooke School District online consent portal.

https://consent.sd62.bc.ca

 
 

Welcome to another school year at Journey. Tuesday we welcome all of our new students and welcome back our returning grade seven and eight students and staff .  The first bell rings at 8:42 a.m. Class lists will be posted on the windows in the foyer and on the foyer walls Tuesday morning. All grade six students please meet in the Gym and new students in grade seven and eight please meet in the office. All other students report to your new classroom when the bell rings. Tuesday students will be dismissed at Noon and buses will be running for students who have pre-registered.

Students are always full of anticipation about who will be in their class and who will be their new teacher(s). This is an exciting time and parents can help their children by assuring them they will make new friends and/or hang out with old ones at recess and lunch. Staff have worked over the summer to create classes that are balanced and have the best opportunity for student learning.

We end the week with Welcome Back Assembly and BBQ on Friday. Happy New Year!

 
 

Well, this is it! Thank you to all our families for your support over the past year. We wish all of our grade eight students good luck in their new high schools and know they will do well. To our grade six and seven students returning next year we wish you a very happy summer. For students and families moving from Sooke, we hope you remember your time here fondly and that you are happy in your new adventures. As always, it has been an honour and a privilege to work with your children this year.

Monday

Let the Games Begin – Today we kick off the day with activities around the school. Several of the activities involve water so bring a change of clothes and a towel! Remember a hat and sunscreen too. We had planned to have the Crispy Fish Truck, but they had to cancel at the last minute. Hot Dogs, juice boxes, snacks, snow cones, freezies, and cupcakes will be on sale so stuff your pockets with some extra cash! All proceeds today go to the Nicholas Watson Scholarship Fund.

Jouro – this afternoon all students and staff will go to the Jouro! Wear your team colours and help your class win the coveted trophy this year.

Mr. Elm and Ms. Dvorak’s classes off to Commonwealth Pool – Remember your bathing suits, towels and lunch!

Tuesday 

Today we begin with a pancake breakfast compliments of our generous Sooke Lions Club. Every student will receive two pancakes with lots of syrup.

Term Three Recognition Assembly – 10:30 a.m. in the gym. We will honour all Grade 6 & 7 students who earned Effort Role, Club and/or Team certificates. Families are welcome to attend. 

Jouro Finals – wear your colours again as the final teams battle it out for the ultimate prize.

Wednesday 

Last Day of School!

Grade 8 Bon Voyage today beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the gym. This event is for grade 8 students and their families. Students will enjoy a luncheon following the ceremony (this year the students raised enough money to purchase all the food).

Thursday – Report Card Pick up Day – Report Cards will be available for pick up in the classroom 9-Noon. From 1-4 p.m. they will be available in the office. Report cards cannot be picked up early and will be available Friday and all the following week.

Happy Canada Day on Saturday! Come out to the Sooke Flats and join in the celebration and see what our finalists entered in the 150 Contest.

Table – Austin C., Evan F., and Kurtis Morrison

Woodwork pieces/essay – Hailey W.

Art -Hanna David

Essays – Katrina S., Laura V., Payton C., and Trinity S.

 

 

 
 

Monday 

Field Trip – Divs. 1,2,7 & 8 at Thetis Lake all day

Concert – Nicholas Watson Memorial Fundraiser and Band Concert in our Gym tonight beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday  

Concert – Strings Concert tonight at 7:30 p.m. in our Journey Gym

LifeSkills Field Trip – Our students are heading out this morning for some Cow Kissing and Hotdog roasting 

Wednesday

Field trip to the mainland – All Grade 8 classes @ Playland (you leave early so don’t miss the bus)

Fire Drill – Last one of the year at 9:45 a.m.

Thursday

Field Trip – Mrs. Maragh’s class at Kemp Lake

Overnight Camping Trip – Mr. Dunbar’s class is off to Camp Barnard!

Lip Sync Competition all afternoon (popcorn on sale at the event)

Friday

Rock ‘n’ Roll performances 10:15 – Gym

Mr. Dunbar’s class @ Camp Barnard all day

Field Trip to Witty’s Lagoon – All Grade 6 classes (except Mr. Dunbar’s) all day 

Freezies on sale today at lunch $1 each

Next Week: 

Monday – Let the Games Begin! Fun Day and Jouro all day (Food Truck, Snow Cones, Games, Soccer Tourney and more.

Tuesday – Grade 6/7 and Club/Team Recognition Assembly. Jouro Finals

Wednesday – Grade 8 Bon Voyage 10:30 a.m. Potluck lunch to follow

Thursday – Report Card pick up day (9-12 in classrooms/1-4 office)

 

 

 
 

Congratulations

This year’s musical Time Flies at EMCS was spectacular. Ms. Fader and all our talented students entertained us this past week. Journey students were acting and singing their way into our hearts. Thank you for all your hard work and effort. The musical was a hit. Next stop, Broadway.

Great results at the City Track and Field Championships.

Paige S. 5th in Triple jump and 4th in hurdles

Isabelle C. 5th in 800m.

Ashton F. 5th 400m, 2nd in 100m, 1st in 100m

Daisy, Fiona, Karma, and Isabelle 8th in 4X100, 6th in 4X400m

Mathieu, Aiden, William, and Ashton 2nd 4X100m, 6th 4X400m

The PAC’s Online Auction raised over $4000 for our school. Thank you.

 

Monday

 Tuesday

Jazz Band practice in the morning

Sk8 Park @ lunch – must have helmet and signed waiver form to participate

Wednesday

PAC Lunch – Pizza. Last PAC lunch of this school year!

Sk8 Park @ lunch – must have helmet and signed waiver form to participate

Thursday

EMCS Grads visit Journey.  Our former students will be coming by in their cap and gowns so we can wish them well and congratulate them for a job well done.

Fly tying in Ms. Abell’s and Ms. Bridal’s class

Friday

Freezies on sale today at lunch $1 each – All proceeds go to Journey to Japan!

Mt. Olympus to Aylard Farm for a year end field trip.